The Draining Lake (Paperback)
Picador USA, 9780312428587, 323pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
November 2008 Indie Next List
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Inspector Erlendur returns in this international Bestseller
Following an earthquake, the water level of an Icelandic lake suddenly falls, revealing a skeleton. Inspector Erlendur's investigation takes him back to the Cold War era, when bright, left-wing students in Iceland were sent to study in the "heavenly state" of Communist East Germany. Teeming with spies and informants, though, their "heavenly state" becomes a nightmare of betrayal and murder. Brilliantly weaving international espionage and a chilling cold case investigation, "The Draining Lake "is Arnaldur Indridason at his best.
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Praise For The Draining Lake…
"[A] remarkable series."--The New York Times Book Review"Indridason keeps readers guessing . . . until the very last pages of this moody investigation."--The Washington Post Book World
"The missing-persons theme and the exploration of Icelandic history and society remain the trademarks of this outstanding series; this time the addition of international espionage will remind readers of Henning Mankell in The White Lioness and The Dogs of Riga."--Booklist
"This is exceptional fiction that transcends its genre."--Library Journal
"An undiluted pleasure . . . This series places Indridason at the center of the best of contemporary crime fiction. He is a master storyteller and has a real gift for evoking the complex humanity at the heart of the most dour-seeming individuals."--The Guardian (UK)"A book as subtle and moving as it is suspenseful."--The Wall Street Journal